Courteney Cox candidly talks about bonding with teenage daughter Coco: ‘It’s very important to keep an open relationship’

Courteney Cox (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)

Like many of us, Courteney Cox used her time in quarantine to develop new hobbies — and enrich old ones. The friends Alum, who recently reunited with her former co-stars for HBO’s highly anticipated reunion special Max, has given followers a glimpse into her personal life over the past year. Cox’s Instagram feed features numerous recipe videos, musical performances with her 17-year-old daughter Coco, and participation in Cointreau’s Ultimate Margarita Showdown Show alongside Andy Cohen and Daveed Diggs.

Cox — who also soon directed a new music video — is partnering with Cointreau as part of an initiative donating $100,000 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the bar and restaurant community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because, hey, you can’t make it each eat at home, right?

Cox spoke to Yahoo Life about her passion for cooking, how she stays close to her teen, and why she has a hard time singing despite her loving music.

YAHOO LIFE: What inspired you to Instagram your cooking hobby?

COURTENEY COX: When the quarantine started, there was nothing for it but to stay home and cook. I really started to enjoy it, and now I think my cooking is a lot better than many of the restaurants I used to go to. I still have a few favorite restaurants that I’d love to get the recipes from, but so far to no avail. I love it. It has become a big part of my life. Coming up with content for Instagram is never easy, so I thought, “How can I allow people into some of my hobbies?” I thought, “I like to cook, I like to play the piano, I like to play tennis, and I like to hang out with Coco.” Now I just share those parts of my life.

You share so many great recipes on Instagram. What is the one recipe that you would recommend everyone to try, regardless of their skills as a bartender or chef?

You mean except banana bread? Because that’s the quarantine go-to. Everyone has an almost rotten banana! As far as recipes go, I think everyone should master the fried chicken. In the summer it is nice to eat a lot of Mexican food, which of course goes well with margaritas. The great thing about Cointreau is that you can make so many drinks with it. I’ve mastered the strawberry margarita and the regular margarita, and that was so much fun for the summer.

Do you have any secret ingredients to make the perfect summer drink?

The real margarita with Cointreau, tequila and lime juice is fantastic. But for my margarita challenge, I made it with muddled strawberries, which are really good. The secret weapon is called Red Clay Spicy Margarita Salt. It’s salty, it’s sweet, it’s spicy and it’s made all my margaritas fantastic. It tastes great.

Do you have any advice for parents looking to get closer to their teen?

I think it’s very important to keep an open relationship so that they feel comfortable talking to you. The best way to do that is not to bump or shame them, but to hear and understand them. I think that’s the most important thing, to keep them close and to want to be open.

You post a lot of videos of your family singing and performing on Instagram. Is your family moving in a more musical direction?

Well, Coco will definitely take musical theater in college. She likes singing and likes theatre. I am obsessed with playing the piano. I like music, I like musicians. my partner [Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid] is in a band, but he is also a writer. He writes some of the best songs on the radio right now. He’s just incredible.

I’m very attracted to everything that has to do with music, it makes me so happy. I took singing lessons with my daughter. I used to like it so much that I started crying during class because the music, the words just took over. I couldn’t sing because not only do I have a bad voice, I got too involved, I felt it too much. So now I just play the piano. I organize a lot of music evenings at my house. It just makes me happy.

I just directed a music video for Brandi Carlile. This was a really special one. I met her on Instagram and we became friends. We just had a really fun time making the video called “Right on Time”. I’m looking forward to the video, but what I’m really looking forward to is people hearing the song.